About the film
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Actors: Sam Claflin, Shailene WoodleyLet’s be clear. Baltasar Kormákur, the Icelandic-born director of ADRIFT, gives great storm.
Based on the true story of Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin) who, in 1983, were caught in Hurricane Raymond while sailing from Tahiti to San Diego.
Tami, a free spirited 23-year-old globe-trotter who happens upon the dish that is Richard in Tahiti (where else?) and what do you know; he’s wild at heart, too. Their union is all bound up with the sea, with a mutual desire to taste life without the boundaries.
The two free-spirited lovers are offered some cash to sail a luxury yacht off across the Pacific Ocean (it was the 80’s) and after a cataclysmic storm find themselves in a very leaky boat that’s thigh-deep in water.
Woodley (Insurgent, Divergent) turns in an impressively physical performance as Tami attempts to get the yacht back in some semblance of working order, while facing the brunt of what the weather and ocean throws at them.
Clafin (Me Before You) is a square-jawed Disney prince come to life.
Adrift oscillates, contrasting the couple's tropical courtship with the terrifying experience of being marooned at sea with no land or end in sight.